Bario: Her Food Festival 2014 and more…
We found our way to this wondrous highland of Bario (3,200m ASL). Windy, cool and pleasant temperature with friendly people to match. This trip was all about the celebration of Kelabit food, farming, culture and forest heritage – The Bario Food Festival (Pesta Nukenen)
The passion of the Kelabits in preserving their heritage is exemplified by the fact that this was the ninth year it has been held and is looked forward to by, most importantly, those living in the Bario Highlands itself, a forested highland watersheds in Sarawak and East Malaysia.
The ingredients come straight from the grounds and more often than not, wildly grown. The sweetness and freshness of the cooking makes every morsel savouring.
THE Elders of Bario
But there’s more to Bario than just awesome organic food… like the sights that make the destination an eye candy… in all sense of the words
What you see… the highest mountain in Sarawak – Mt.Murud (7,946 ft) and the twin peak of Batu Lawi (6,712 ft). Mt. Murud is the fourth highest peak in Malaysia.
First, step on the brakes, then throttle hard, build up the kinectic energy, release brake and wheeeeeee… well, the last part up was made up. The de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter 19-passenger utility aircraft is suited for operating condition such as Bario STOL* airport.
*Short Take Off and Landing
The highlands of Sarawak is a photographer’s haven if trekking is not your preference. We recommend at least four days during the dry season from June – September. The Milky Way can easily be seen also. However, the golden hue of ripening rice field only takes place December. And if you want to capture a completely different Bario landscape this will be a good excuse to return to the highland.
The 10th Bario Food and Cultural Festival (Pesta Nukenen) will be held from the 23th – 25th July 2015.
MASWings flies three times daily from Miri to Bario. The destination has a number of lodges, whose operators can tailor a programme during your stay with them. For more info logon to http://www.ebario.com/
Miri has direct flights from Kota Kinabalu and Kuala Lumpur. The airlines operating are Malaysian Airlines, Malindo Air, MASWings and Air Asia.
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